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[movies]Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free -
In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; health; medicine; photography; religion; TEDMED 2014; 2014
Downloads: 42
[movies]Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0 -
What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; atheism; culture; philosophy; religion; 2011
Downloads: 264
[movies]Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence -
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; culture; evolution; religion; 2012
Downloads: 195
[movies]Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam -
At TEDxWarwick, journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as wearing a headscarf) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world's general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on core beliefs?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxWarwick; TED; Talks; Islam; culture; religion; 2011
Downloads: 321
[movies]Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran -
Lesley Hazleton sat down one day to read the Koran. And what she found -- as a non-Muslim, a self-identified "tourist" in the Islamic holy book -- wasn't what she expected. With serious scholarship and warm humor, Hazleton shares the grace, flexibility and mystery she found, in this myth-debunking talk from TEDxRainier.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxRainier; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; journalism; religion; 2010
Downloads: 289
[movies]Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion -
The term "compassion" -- typically reserved for the saintly or the sappy -- has fallen out of touch with reality. At a special TEDPrize@UN, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDPrize@UN; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; compassion; faith; religion; science; 2010
Downloads: 83
[movies]Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing -
Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority (most recently Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." Ghosh suggests that, now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; faith; global issues; politics; religion; war; TEDxGeorgetown; 2012
Downloads: 483
[movies]Michael Shermer on strange beliefs -
Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; faith; illusion; religion; science; TED2006; 2006
Downloads: 156
[movies]Noah Feldman says politics and religion are technologies -
Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; religion; social change; society; war; 2003
Downloads: 64
[movies]Rev. James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table -
Join Rev. James Forbes at the dinner table of his Southern childhood, where his mother and father taught him what compassion really means day to day -- sharing with those who need love.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Chautauqua Institution; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; chautauqua; compassion; faith; global issues; life; religion; 2009
Downloads: 101
[movies]Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion -
Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur’an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion -- ourselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2009 Compassion; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; compassion; global issues; religion; 2009
Downloads: 93
[movies]Rabbi Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion -
While we all agree that compassion is a great idea, Rabbi Tabick acknowledges there are challenges to its execution. She explains how a careful balance of compassion and justice allows us to do good deeds, and keep our sanity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2009 Compassion; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; compassion; global issues; religion; 2009
Downloads: 82
[movies]Karima Bennoune: The side of terrorism that doesn't make headlines -
Karima Bennoune shares four powerful stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities — refusing to allow the faith they love to become a tool for crime, attacks and murder. These personal stories humanize one of the most overlooked human-rights struggles in the world.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; history; politics; religion; storytelling; terrorism; war; TEDxExeter; 2014
Downloads: 62
[movies]David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation -
For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; faith; history; philosophy; physics; religion; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
Downloads: 114
[movies]Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion -
People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; collaboration; faith; global issues; politics; religion; TED2008; 2008
Downloads: 107
[movies]Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question) -
Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly — is it good or bad, in and of itself? Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah offers a generous, surprising view.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; atheism; faith; global issues; philosophy; religion; TEDSalon NY2014; 2014
Downloads: 83
[movies]Tom Honey on God and the tsunami -
In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; God; culture; disaster relief; global issues; philosophy; religion; 2005
Downloads: 91
[movies]Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas -
In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; Buddhism; God; culture; global issues; happiness; peace; religion; TEDSalon 2006; 2006
Downloads: 47
[movies]Bob Thurman says we can be Buddhas -
In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2006; TED; Talks; Buddhism; God; culture; global issues; happiness; peace; religion; 2006
Downloads: 820
[movies]Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule -
Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; God; TED Prize; global issues; politics; religion; tedglobal2009; violence; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
Downloads: 171
[movies]Dan Dennett's response to Rick Warren -
Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; God; atheism; brain; cognitive science; consciousness; evolution; philosophy; religion; 2006
Downloads: 339
[movies]Rick Warren on a life of purpose -
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book's wild success. He explains his belief that God's intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; Christianity; God; culture; happiness; leadership; philanthropy; religion; 2006
Downloads: 425
[movies]Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith -
When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief. Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith -- and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Islam; culture; faith; global issues; peace; religion; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
Downloads: 309
[movies]Richard Dawkins on militant atheism -
Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; God; atheism; culture; politics; religion; science; 2002
Downloads: 514 1.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[movies]His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart -
His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDIndia 2009; TED; Talks; brain; culture; happiness; religion; society; 2009
Downloads: 946
[movies]Michael Specter: The danger of science denial -
Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; medicine; religion; science; writing; TED2010; 2010
Downloads: 197 (1 review)
[movies]Hans Rosling: Religions and babies -
Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; data; global issues; population; presentation; religion; TEDxSummit; 2012
Downloads: 264
[movies]Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion -
It’s hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Chautauqua Institution; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; chautauqua; compassion; global issues; love; religion; self; 2009
Downloads: 317
[movies]Diane Benscoter on how cults rewire the brain -
Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; God; activism; faith; meme; religion; 2009
Downloads: 94
[movies]Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual -
Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; anthropology; beauty; culture; faith; global issues; photography; religion; 2008
Downloads: 151
[movies]A.J. Jacobs' year of living biblically -
Speaking at the most recent EG conference, author, philosopher, prankster and journalist A.J. Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically -- following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; religion; writing; 2007
Downloads: 86
[movies]Swami Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion -
Swami Dayananda Saraswati unravels the parallel paths of personal development and attaining true compassion. He walks us through each step of self-realization, from helpless infancy to the fearless act of caring for others.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Chautauqua Institution; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; chautauqua; compassion; global issues; religion; self; 2009
Downloads: 261
[movies]Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions -
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; morality; philosophy; psychology; religion; science; TED2010; 2010
Downloads: 78
[movies]Billy Graham on technology and faith -
Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED1998; TED; Talks; Christianity; God; death; faith; religion; technology; 1998
Downloads: 603 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[movies]Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness -
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; Buddhism; God; brain; culture; faith; global issues; happiness; peace; photography; religion; 2004
Downloads: 364
[movies]Julia Sweeney on letting go of God -
Julia Sweeney (God Said, "Ha!") performs the first 15 minutes of her 2006 solo show Letting Go of God. When two young Mormon missionaries knock on her door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; Christianity; Featured; God; arts; atheism; comedy; culture; performance; religion; storytelling; theater; 2006
Downloads: 290
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